Perry on Wednesday acknowledged that misconduct and said he underwent counseling classes.
"I moved past that and did everything I was supposed to do," he said, believing the 2007 case fueled what he considered a rush to judgment by area media outlets that have reported on last month's accusation. "The media has totally blown this out of proportion."
Perry's integrity also was called into question in January 2009, when St. Clair County prosecutors threw out a murder charge against a man in a 2007 shooting death of a dump truck driver after a judge sided with the defendant and suppressed statements he made to Perry. The judge found Perry to not be credible.
The state's attorney at the time, Robert Haida, said in a letter then to East St. Louis city leaders that he would not file charges in any case in which Perry was the charging officer and that his office would review every pending case involving Perry.